The woman killed in a double stabbing in Wigan was a 'caring andlovely' mum-of-one, her friends and family have said.

The victim has been named locally as 32-year-old Melissa Belshaw. She suffered 'catastrophic' injuries in an attack at her home on Upholland Road, Billinge, on Wednesday afternoon (May 20).

A man aged in his 40s who tried to intervene in the incident was also stabbed and is in a serious condition in hospital.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Officers say there will be a higher police presence in the area. Credit: MEN Media

Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Our thoughts are with the lady's loved ones after this absolutely tragic incident. We will offer them full support and do all that we can to provide them with much-deserved answers.

"Our thoughts also remain with the man who is currently in hospital and receiving treatment. Our specially-trained officers will continue to support his family at this difficult time.

"Clearly this investigation is in its very early stages and we are working to ensure that we follow every line of inquiry.

"We understand that this news will likely cause concern among the local community but I would like to stress that at this stage we do believe this to be an isolated incident.

"There will be a higher police presence in the area and I would encourage anyone with any concerns to please speak to these officers who are there to offer support and help.

"I would also urge anyone with information to please get in contact with us as even the smallest detail could progress our investigation significantly."

Can you help?

  • Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 1981 of 20/05/20.

  • Reports can also be made to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111